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Mets Morning News: MLB eyes growth, Geren maybe out on manager search

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet The Mets

The managerial hunt continues, and as the Mets seem to be wrapping up their first round of interviews, Newsday’s Marc Carig says that Bob Geren and Chip Hale are no longer being considered candidates for the job.

Robin Ventura also appears to be out of the mix as well - not just for the Mets, but for managing in general.

Current hitting coach Kevin Long appears to be the front runner of the first group of interviewees. Joe McEwing, Mickey Callaway, and Manny Acta are all set to be interviewed this week.

Around the NL East

Now eliminated from the playoffs, the Washington Nationals have some thinking to do regarding Dusty Baker, who’s contract is now up. No manager has lasted three full seasons in D.C.

Interim Braves GM John Hart is going to be interviewed by MLB about the actions of former Braves GM John Coppolella.

Around MLB

With Disney acquiring BAMtech, MLB’s streaming media unit, ESPN will now have the rights to one major league game a night for streaming in addition to normally scheduled broadcasts. For now, it appears these extra games will be behind a paywall, and are subject to blackout restrictions.

Ever since the Montreal Expos left Canada and became the Nationals, many of our neighbors up North have clamored to have their baseball team back. Out west, it appears that there is funding and an ownership group in place in Oregon. It’s being speculated that Portland and Montreal might be the next expansion teams, bringing the league to 32 teams. Baseball America ponders the benefits of the expanded and realigned league.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro had your review of Paul Sewald’s rookie year.

This Date in Mets History

In 2006, the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and the reigning Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter in Game 6 of the NLCS. Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a home run and two stolen bases.